Artist Profiles: Askar Alakbarov

Askar Alakbarov

Born in 1953 in Ganja (Azerbaijan), Askar Alakbarov studied music in Ganja Technical Music. Later he studied at College Music Academy of Azerbaijan folkloric instruments such as ud and tar.

He worked as professor at the High Music Institute of Damascus specializing in ud and buzuk and later at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.

He has received several awards in his life for his work and is also a very recognized author of some important music publications such as: The role of Classic Oriental Maqams in the Esthetic Education of students, Selection for Oud and Piano 1, The school of playing Oud, Selection for Oud and Piano 2. He has also recorded several albums: Classic music of Azerbaijan Oud & Tar, Classic music of Azerbaijan and Oriental Maqams Oud & Tar, and Oriental Maqams- Oud & Bouzuk.

Discography:

Music of Azerbaijani Composers for solo Oud and Tar (2002)
Music of Azerbaijani Composers and Maqam for solo Oud (2003)
Classic Maqams of Azerbaijan for solo Oud and Buzuk (2004)
Music of Azerbaijani Composers for solo Oud (2009 )

DVDs:

World Premier, Oud and Organ (2010)
Concerto for oud and Orchestra with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (2014)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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